Nickname(s) Lions
Founded 1997
Arena Patinoire Charlemagne
(Capacity: 4200)
League Ligue Magnus
Captain Thomas Roussel
Affiliates Télé Lyon Metropole
Tribune de Lyon
Virgin Radio
Website Les Lions

Lyon Hockey Club (LHC or The Lions) is the ice hockey team of Lyon, France. The team currently competes in the French Ligue Magnus. On 13 July 2014, it was announced that The Lions would be an official partner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning and the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.[1] In 2019, the professional team was dissolved after bankruptcy.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

1898–1953: Ice Hockey in Lyon[edit | edit source]

Ice hockey was played in Lyon as early as 1898 on a rink located on the Boulevard des Belges where today the Guimet Museum stands.[2] The Sporting Club de Lyon (Lyon Sporting Club) won the national Coupe Magnus title in 1905 and 1908 but the rink was converted to a museum in 1909 and Lyon was without a rink and a team for the next 44 years.[3]

1953–1997: The CPL Era[edit | edit source]

In 1953 the Club des Patineurs Lyonnais (Skating Club of Lyon or CPL) was founded and in 1956 the Lyon team won France's Division 1 ice hockey championship.[4] In 1963 CPL built the Patinoire Charlemagne that still today serves as the home of Lyon ice sports.[5] In their new home CPL won France's Division 2 ice hockey championship in both 1972 and 1989. Christophe Geoffroy's management forces the CPL to the liquidation in 1997

1997-Pres.: Lyon Hockey Club[edit | edit source]

Following the collapse of CPL local businessman Christophe Geoffroy founded Hockey sur glace lyonnais Elite (Lyon Elite Ice Hockey).[6] Teamed with the Lyon Hockey Club Association, an association charged with developing junior ice hockey, the Lyon Hockey Club was born. The new team experienced quick success and twice finished third in France's Ligue Magnus in 1997 and 1998. LHC qualified for Europe's Continental Cup in 1999 and reached the quarter finals before being eliminated.[7]

By 2000 LHC had been relegated to France's Division 3 championship but quickly began to rise through national ranks again. In the 2001 season Lyon reached and won the Division 2 championship and earned a place in Division 1 for season 2002. A poor season in 2002 saw the team return to the second division once again and, despite reaching the final in 2007, LHC remains a Division 2 team in 2008.[8]

Team Colours and Jersey[edit | edit source]

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The logo of the LHC features a red head of a lion in profile on a white background with the name of the team above (in white on red) and the team's nickname – 'Les Lions' – in white text on a blue background below.

Red, white and blue are both the colours of France and the colours of the city of Lyon.

Jersey[edit | edit source]

The LHC play in red, blue, black and white jerseys.

The jersey has changed in recent years from a predominantly white jersey in season 2006 to predominantly red in season 2007 and predominantly blue for season 2008.

The front of the jersey features a stylised image of a lion and bears the logo of the LHC's major sponsor, Flunch.[9]

The jerseys are provided by equipment sponsor Nike Bauer.[10]

Broadcasters[edit | edit source]

LHC media partners include Télé Lyon Métropole, the Tribune de Lyon and Virgin Radio.

Télé Lyon Métropole[edit | edit source]

LHC matches are a regular feature on Télé Lyon Métropole's Sunday sports review, Dimanche Sports. LHC players are also interviewed frequently for other TLM programs including Lundi Sport.

Tribune de Lyon[edit | edit source]

The Tribune de Lyon produces a pre-season guide to the LHC each year and reports on matches each week.

Virgin Radio[edit | edit source]

As well as reporting on LHC matches Virgin Radio provides the background music for matches. While the playlist varies by season current songs on the match-night programme include Sleeping Satellite (Junior Caldera) and No Stress (Laurent Wolf).

Sponsors[edit | edit source]

Major sponsors of the LHC are Fiat, Flunch, Kinnarps, Metifiot, Virgin Radio, Nike Bauer and Air Canada. The LHC also has a number of minor sponsors and supporting sponsors.

Home Ice[edit | edit source]

File:Anissina and Peizerat 2001 GPF.jpg

Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat train at the Patinoire Charlemagne

The LHC plays all its home matches at the Patinoire Charlemagne.

Commissioned in 1967 and opened in 1969, the Patinoire Charlemagne's distinctive architectural style incorporating concrete, glass and aluminum saw it placed on the Rhône-Alpes' List of 20th century Buildings of Architectural Interest.[11]

Since May 2006 more than 3.7 million euros have been spent to refurbish the arena and stadium.[12]

Patinoire Charlemagne offers many services apart from the ice hockey rink including medical facilities, a bar, a dance hall, meeting rooms and a press centre.[13]

The Patinoire Charlemagne is also well known for hosting other ice sports, particularly figure skating. Each year the rink hosts the Pôle France de danse sur glace and world champion figure skaters Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat both train at Charlemagne.

The Patinoire Charlemagne was one of the host stadiums for the 2006 European Figure Skating Championships.[14]

The ice is Olympic sized (60 metres long by 30 metres wide) and has a capacity of 4 400 spectators.[15]

Roster[edit | edit source]

Updated 8 February 2019.[2]

Number Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
70 Flag of France Sidney David-Thivent L 2014 Lyon, France
1 Flag of France Olivier Richard L 2017 Aix-en-Provence, France
39 Flag of Slovenia Rok Stojanovic L 2017 Kranj, Slovenia
Number Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
14 Flag of France Jules Breton L 2012 Strasbourg, France
8 Flag of France Cédric Custosse L 2015 Asnières-sur-Seine, France
94 Flag of Slovakia Lubomir Dinda L 2018 Poprad, Slovakia
21 Flag of Canada Tyler Ferry L 2018 Richmond Hill, Canada
17 Flag of France Vincent Llorca R 2018 Clermont-Ferrand, France
66 Flag of France Alexandre Pascal R 2018 Grenoble, France
38 Flag of France Thomas Roussel (C) L 2016 Amiens, France
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
88 Flag of the Czech Republic Tomas Andres R C 2018 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
26 Flag of Slovenia Jaka Ankerst L LW/RW 2017 Kranj, Slovenia
19 Flag of France Quentin Berthon (A) L LW 2016 Lyon, France
77 Flag of France Julien Correia L LW 2014 Rouen, France
10 Flag of France Sébastien Delemps L C 2016 Valence, France
27 Flag of France Cédric Di Dio Balsamo L LW 2018 Briançon, France
9 Flag of Canada Kyle Essery (A) R RW 2018 Mississauga, Canada
11 Flag of France Hugo Faure L LW 2016 Oullins, France
93 Flag of Russia Daniil Kulikov L LW/C 2018 Novosibirsk, Russia
73 Flag of France Killian Lairet R RW 2017 Lyon, France
98 Flag of Latvia Martins Lavrovs L LW/RW 2018 Tukums, Latvia
31 Flag of France Valentin Michel R RW 2016 Compiègne, France
91 Flag of Latvia Arturs Mickevics R RW/LW 2016 Talsi, Latvia
60 Flag of France Pierre Robert L C 2018 Grenoble, France
16 Flag of Canada Ryan Verbeek L C/LW 2018 Kingston, Canada

Past Players[edit | edit source]

Baptiste Amar

While not considered a breeding ground for great players Lyon has been able to both develop young stars and attract former NHL stars to the Patinoire Charlemagne.

LHC alumni have played in the North American National Hockey League (NHL), the French Ligue Magnus and on French Olympic teams.

Among the most notable of LHC past-players are:

LHC Junior Squads[edit | edit source]

As well as the senior team the LHC competes in six levels of junior ice hockey.

LHC Moustiques[edit | edit source]

A team for players aged less than 9 years.[16]

LHC Poussins[edit | edit source]

A team for players aged under 11 years. The team is coached by LHC player Geoffrey Paillet.[17]

LHC Benjamins[edit | edit source]

A team for players aged under 13 years. The team is coached by LHC player Pascal Margerit.[18]

LHC Minimes[edit | edit source]

Two teams – Minimes Excellence and Minime Elite – for players aged under 15 years.[19]

LHC Cadets[edit | edit source]

A team for players aged under 18 years.[20]

Mascot, Nickname and Supporters[edit | edit source]

The official mascot of the LHC is Pepito the Lion. Always in attendance at home games, Pepito wears a Lyon hockey jersey and a straw hat. The nickname of the LHC is 'The Lions' and relates to the symbol of city of Lyon.

The most vocal supporters of the LHC are the Lions Gones. This group of fans are similar to football ultras and share their name with the Bad Gones of the city's Olympique Lyonnais football team.

According to the Tribune de Lyon, despite being a Division 2 team the LHC attracts the highest crowds of any hockey team in France in any league, save for Ligue Magnus teams Grenoble and Rouen.

Notes[edit | edit source]

1.^ Crunch, Senators to hold camp in Lyon
2.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
3.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
4.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
5.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
6.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
7.^ Historique du Lyon Hockey Club.
8.^ FFHG Division 2 2008–2009 Teams.
9.^ Les Lions dans la douleur.
10.^ Et de deux pour les Lions.
11.^ A l'image d'un derby.
12.^ Strict minimum pour les Lions.
13.^ Première défaite des Lions.
14.^ Avec la manière.
15.^ FFHG Division 2.
16.^ Lyon Hockey Club: Nos Partenaires.
17.^ Lyon Hockey Club: Nos Partenaires.
18.^ Patinoire Charlemagne.
19.^ Moustiques.
20.^ LHC Poussins.
21.^ LHC Benjamins.
22.^ LHC Minimes.
23.^ LHC Cadets.
24.^ LHC Espoirs.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Les Lions de Lyon en liquidation judiciaire", 25 October 2019. Retrieved on 27 July 2020. 
  2. LHC Les Lions Roster (french). Retrieved on 8 February 2019.

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